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1st Sept 2009

Stitchin', Bitchin' and Returning to an Old Favourite

... Knitted Poetry ... New Knitfinder ... Stitch and love  ... shopping opportunities aplenty ...  

Poetic greetings to you

We hope this newsletter finds you well, that you’ve enjoyed your long weekend, and that your teeny hats for the Big Knit are coming along nicely.

There’s a plethora of knitting events coming up soon: the iKnit Weekender on 11th and 12th September, and the Ally Pally’s epic Knitting and Stitching Show on 8th - 11th October 2009. Get your tickets in advance, and save your pocket money!!

All the Fun of the Fair are holding Sunday Crafternoons. The next one is on 20th September between 1pm and 4.30pm. They’ll be serving real tea and freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream. We’ll be camping out on Saturday night just for the cream teas...

And our favourite subversive knitters (and crocheters) Knit the City have been at it again, this time in a homage to Oranges and Lemons. Check out their site for the yarnstorms in all their glory.

Recent meetings have seen us visiting our old favourites, the Royal Festival Hall and Leon.

At the Royal Festival Hall we were caught on camera by a film student following a newbie on her knitting journey. Thank you to all who helped with the teaching.

At Leon we ate fantastic food, indulged in pecan pie, and met the lovely Hoxton Handmade, podcaster extraordinaire.

Stitch and South Bank

Details of the next meeting:

Who would have thought that there was once a day when knitters didn’t roam the South Bank? Join us this week in London’s hub of arts and culture. Where could we be more at home?

Time: From 6pm
Venue: National Theatre in the Long Bar (ground floor main foyer)
South Bank

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Stitch and One Last Summer Evening

Details of the meeting after that:

Join us as we venture outdoors(ish) this week at the centre of London’s theatre land for the last of the summer. We’ve previously had musically themed sing-alongs and stitched to the sounds of string quartets. No doubt we’ll be in for more entertainment this time. And if it rains, don’t worry – we’re under cover! 


Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Crusting Pipe
27 The Market
Covent Garden

Map Website Nearest Tube: Covent Garden, Embankment

Stitch and Mmmmeze

Details of the meeting after that:

Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV Delicatessen
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street
London SE1 8DD

Map Website Nearest Tube: Southwark, Waterloo

Stitch and Slightly Shakespeare Stitching

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways via the medium of knitting and interpretive dance. Actually forget the dance…

To celebrate their centenary the Poetry Society have decided to team up with knitters around the world to make a giant work of art. 

At this very moment over 850 knitters around the world are now knitting (and crocheting) the individual letters a secret poem which could span a gobsmacking 40-feet.


As with all art it’s all about the silences as well as the shouts, so the blank spaces between the words are just as important. There is still time to register to be involved with knitting or crocheting these blank spaces that will form the spaces between words and the edging of the poem.

To take part please email and we will send you the knitting or crochet instructions.  Finished squares can be sent to us or brought along to the I Knit Weekender on 11 and 12 September, where you can knit more squares or help with sewing up.  The final deadline for sending in squares is 14 September.

The final knitted poem will be revealed in all its glory in October 2009.


Next time someone asks that tiring question “What’s the best thing you’ve knit?” you can shout “HA! It’s was a bit of poem!” in their face, possibly before unfriending them for asking such an unoriginal question in the first place. Well worth a bit of stitching.


 (Thanks to Sarah for passing this on)


Stitch and the Finder of the Knit


If you happened to listen to this week’s episode of Electric Sheep, or maybe even if you didn’t, you would’ve heard about Knitfinder, a fantastic new pattern indexing website which features patterns from Knitty (covering all issues from Fall 2002 to Summer 2009), Interweave Knits (Fall 1996 to Summer 2009) and Starmore.


You can search the indexes by designer, style, category, yarn, and gauge to name but a few. Meaning you don’t have to trawl through the back issues anymore looking for that jumper you know was there but can’t for the life of you remember which issue it was in!


There is also a Knitting Resources page, packed full of links to How-tos, details of specific yarns, and knitting styles.


You can follow its creator on Twitter, @knitfinder, and she’s ThereseS on Ravelry (check out her projects…they are AMAZING!)


We’ve bookmarked it! Huzzah for Knitfinder!!!

Stitch and Matchmaking
Knitting, knitting, knitting. We all love knitting.  The more dedicated knitter may occasionally hear a slightly woolly voice saying “you‘re my wife now“ (this, incidentally, means it‘s time for a break).  But do you ever feel that knitting love sometimes isn’t enough? You can take your knitting to the cinema or to dinner, but it never wants to hold your hand.

“But…” we hear the dedicated knitter say “where do I find time to find non-knitty love when I spend all my time knitting?”  This is where we come to the rescue.  At a recent meeting, we heard a much esteemed group member describing to a young man a 3 week plan for making your move at a knitting group. We saw that she was wise and heeded her words.  And now we pass them on to you.

In week 1, you may be a new knitter or you may be an old faithful.  This is the week where you identify your target.  Be a little casual, get yourself a drink, plonk yourself down at a table and assess the crowd.  Found a likely target?  Yes? Well, do nothing. Get a bit of knitting help if you need to learn.  Chat to everyone around.  In short, have a marvellous evening meeting people.

In week 2, you make a slow approach.  Is the object of your attention at the group? No? Never mind, just do the same as last week.  Yes?  Sit close to them. Ask what they are making.  And, at this point, you make a mistake in your knitting.  Ask for some help fixing it.

In week 3, you finally make your move.  Thank them for the help that they gave you last week.  Then offer to buy a drink or some cake as a thank you.  Who could resist?

We can’t guarantee that this will work for you, but at least you don’t have to listen to the knitting talking to  you any more.

Adieu, fair ladies and gentlemen of the knit. Don’t forget your little hats for the Big Knit – we’ll be collecting them at meetings until 16th October – and email to take part in the knitted poetry. The deadline is 14th September!!


Ciao for now, Stitchers.


The S&B London Stitchettes x


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